Archive for June 2011

Running Form

So who said running was easy? It was on my run this evening home from work, that I got in the zone and mentally cycled through all those checks to improve my running form. And then I though, yeee, that is actually quite a list. Remember that day you put on your shoes, and just went for a run..?

Anyway I thought you might be interested in my running check-list. Remember, I am a fanatic Vibram runner, so my list is oriented towards running with minimalist shoes, mid-foot running, and so on.

I also though about the importance of certain ‘checks’ but in the end they are all important (at least to me), so here is the list in no particular order:

[dcs_ol bg="false" type="decimal"] Relax. It is funny that, especially when we want to run fast, we tend to start to strain every muscle we have, specifically the ones around the chest and shoulders. Breath out and relax. You can get real shoulder cramps when running like a puffed up balloon.

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Home made gel for endurance runners

As a runner you should think about your nutrition before, during and after your run. It is what you eat during your run what will help you over the line for runs lasting over 2 hours. For shorter runs you don’t have to worry much about your eating as your body, assuming your fit, has enough energy stored in your muscles to get you through.

It is for the longer runs that nutrition becomes an important aspect. The slower ultra runner has the benefit that his body is under much lesser stress than for instance the marathon runner, allowing him to eat real solid foods during his exercise. A luxury that the marathon runner most likely can’t cope with. Still, many ultra runners can’t stand solid foods after having been on the road for many hours, and just like the marathon runner, prefers to switch to the optimum carbohydrate solution – Gels! Read more

Mt Macedon Trail Runs - 2011 - Report

This night we camped in a little motel in Macedon, at the foot of the hills, and were more than a bit surprised to find the car in the dark early morning with the windscreens frozen over. I can’t remember having seen that for a long time, other than back in Europe. Frozen windscreens? We scratched the ice of the screen, and I started wondering how cold it was going to be on top of Mt Macedon. One thing for sure, it wasn’t going to be any warmer!! Read more